Subcutaneous insulin injection technique

Nurs Stand. 2003 May;17(34):45-52; quiz 54-5. doi: 10.7748/ns2003.


Insulin injection technique has far greater bearing on glycaemic control than is often recognised. This article discusses the optimal needle length for different injection sites and highlights other crucial aspects, such as needle re-use, importance of adequate mixing of cloudy insulin, and the way pen devices should be stored.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Drug Information Services
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Injections, Subcutaneous / adverse effects
  • Injections, Subcutaneous / instrumentation
  • Injections, Subcutaneous / methods*
  • Injections, Subcutaneous / nursing
  • Insulin / administration & dosage*
  • Internet


  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin